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Arts & Crafts Record Label Expands Its Roster, Band of Horses Signing Fate?

In Canadian A&R, Music News, U.S. A&R on September 30, 2007 at 2:54 pm

The Arts & Crafts record label has added Toronto’s Constantines to its label roster following the band’s departure from Sub Pop. Producer Jeff McMurrich is recording a new record with them. Recently Arts & Crafts also adopted The Stills (formerly Vice Records) and UK band Los Campesinos. Incidentally it’s still unclear if Band of Horses (photo right) is Band of Horses resigning with Sub Pop or headed to a new label. It appears Ron Laffitte, now at Red Light Management (Dave Matthews, Gomez, O.A.R.), has picked up their management duties. Previously mentioned, a video for “Is There A Ghost” was filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn two weeks ago on the corner of Olive and Devoe. Their new album “Cease to Begin” arrives October 9 trailed by a Late Show With David Letterman appearance October 18, Terminal 5 (new NYC venue on W. 56th St.) show on November 4, and Late Night With Conan O’Brien gig November 5.

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Indian Pop: Cell Phones and Mobile Music in India

In Mobile Music in India, Music News on September 30, 2007 at 12:31 pm

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The rapidly changing face of the mobile music industry in India is tantamount to an all out entertainment distribution revolution. The equivalent of a consumer epidemic, Business Week stated in an article last March,

India’s total handset population is expected to hit 250 million by the end of 2007

To put that in context, the U.S. hosts a total population of roughly 300 million folks. Of the one billion+ citizens in this tech growth South Asian country (largely ignored by the Western music business), clearly the middle class has disposable income/credit and they’re spending at least a little of it on digital downloads for their cell handsets (it’s suggested a majority of these are pirated). Even if only a fraction of cell owners pay per download here, it still amounts to a Walkman significant gross in the digital industry. Generally, the media at large intimates that most downloaders prefer Indi-pop and Bollywood style songs which is the reason why Western music corporations fail to have a large market share in the Indian music business. From a social and cultural standpoint, perhaps there will always be a steady resistance to assimilate Western tunes into the consumer mainstream simply because traditional music and regional language is favored over the bombastic presence of English touting rockstars. Nevertheless, since Business Week also pointed out that there are “163 million” teenagers in India at present, this powerful, rising demographic is wilfully altering the way content is digested and may also effect what style of content becomes most popular.

Find out more about this topic:

  • India’s Sweet Digital Music Biz
  • Mobile Music Industy-Way to Go!
  • In India, Music is Simply Mobile
  • Record Producers Jon Gray, Gareth Parton, A&R Signings

    In U.S. A&R, UK A&R on September 28, 2007 at 8:30 pm

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    Producer Jon Gray worked with upstart Sheffield, UK band Milburn (Mercury Records). More recently Gray’s teamed up with known Lightning Seeds man Ian Broudie on his solo record. Fellow Brit producer Gareth Parton guided The Go! Team on their first and second albums in addition to more current activity with lesser knowns Pete + The Pirates and Foals.

    Key Signings: American disco-rappers Yo Majesty go with the Domino Recording Company and classic Mancunians Happy Mondays ally with publishing goliath Universal.

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    Motion City Soundtrack Sells, The Donnas Return To Indie, Embrace’s Richard McNamara

    In Music News, UK A&R on September 28, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    “Even If It Kills Me” by Epitaph band Motion City Soundtrack tallied about 33,000 its first week. After leaving Atlantic Records some time ago, The Donnas moved to Purple Feather/Red Eye distribution coming in at 7600 units moved last week (IndieHQ).

    Following a successful career performing with and producing UK band Embrace, Richard McNamara is on hiatus. He’s built a posh setup at Magnetic North Studios in Halifax, UK which will earn him a steady, second income! Rich’s most notable emerging project is previously mentioned London indie act The Moths, a modern pop troupe with designs on new wave, pop, and neatly catered garage fashion.